United Kingdom: the place of ethnic minorities in politics | International | DW

The The race for prime minister continues in the UK. The nomination within the conservative majority party is played during several internal rounds of voting. The final result should be known on 5 September.

He there are now five candidates in the running. Next week, Wednesday, there should only be two left in the race. And the diversity is there.

Among the five candidates, Kemi Badenoch, the former Equality Minister, whose parents are of Nigerian descent. And then, one of the favourites, ex-Finance Minister Rishi Sunak, is of Indian descent.


And this diversity is not due to chance. Outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves behind the most diverse government and Tory party in history.

When he came to power, he appointed a Minister of Home Affairs of Indian origin (Priti Patel), a Minister of Finance, son of a Pakistani immigrant (Sajid Javid), and a Minister of Affairs of Ghanaian origin (Kwasi Kwarteng).

Home Secretary Priti Patel is of Indian descent and has served in both governments of Boris Johnson

The According to the NGO DiversityUK, BAME, as they are known in the UK, represented black, Asian and ethnic minorities, so almost 18% of Boris Johnson’s first cabinet. An overrepresentation even in relation to the population, as people from ethnic minorities represent almost 14% in the country.

The legacy of David Cameron

The statistics on ethnic origin are allowed in the UK during the census, which is not the case in Germany or France, for example.

Bee-Outside of the executive branch, the UK Parliament has never been more diverse than it has been since the last parliamentary election in 2019.

A one in ten parliamentarians comes from an ethnic minority. A recording.

Outgoing Finance Minister Rishi Sunak

Outgoing Finance Minister Rishi Sunak replaced Sajid Javid, of Pakistani descent, in this position.

The evolution in recent decades is clear. According to figures from the British House of Commons, we have gone from the first in 1987 to 65 non-white MPs in just over 30 years. Or one MP in ten.

England is an exception

Most of the diversity goes to the PvdA, Labour. But this representation has also changed among the Conservatives, the Tories, in power, most notably under the spur of former Prime Minister David Cameron in the early 2000s when he introduced lists of priority candidates for the legislative, to promote diversity, including in the field of gender equality.

So in the Conservatives we have gone from zero to about 20 minority representatives in 20 years.

Attention, the map however, is far from homogeneous. All the delegates I have just spoken about represent England. As the BBC notes, all the seats for Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, the three countries that make up the United Kingdom with England, are occupied by white MPs.

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